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Old 05-26-2008, 06:53 PM
 
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I'm starting a new job in Blue Bell in September and need to find good child care for my 19-month old son. Ideally I would love to find a daycare that has a great outdoor area, friendly staff and a safe environment. We are looking for a facility in Blue Bell, Glenside or Jenkintown. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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Child experts recommend using accredited daycares and preschools to ensure safety, hygiene and educational protocols are adhered to, ensuring a better experience for parent and child.

Check naeyc.org under the "accreditation" link to search for schools within a radius of a certain zip code.

Also pakeys.org is PA's accreditation program which will have more schools bc they probably don't cost as much/require as much as Naeyc. Three or four stars schools are acceptable.

Good Luck!
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Old 05-27-2008, 05:09 AM
 
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Thanks for the recommendation! I'll definitely check out the websites and see if there's anything near my school.
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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I'm moving to the Blue Bell area in a couple of months. I also have a 19 month old. I'm thinking about sending him to Chesterbrook Academy. Any opinions about this daycare? I'm working in Plymouth Meeting, PA.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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I'm moving to the Blue Bell area in a couple of months. I also have a 19 month old. I'm thinking about sending him to Chesterbrook Academy. Any opinions about this daycare? I'm working in Plymouth Meeting, PA.
The administrator at the Chesterbrook Academy in West Chester gave me incorrect information about being NAEYC accredited (they are not) and basically tried to smear my son's current preschool in terms of the academic experience stating that my son, who is 2 months too young for most kindergarten programs, would find Chesterbrook Academy's pre-K program much more enriching and challenging than the one at the Goddard in Exton he attends, which IS NAEYC accredited and fabulous about everything except that the administrators are a tad fake and too businesslike, worshipping the almighty dollar. The upside is that everything about the school is unparalelled in its excellence.

The Goddard School had a last minute opening in their kindergarten class so my son, who they early entranced for pre-K, will also be early entranced for kindergarten and will get state credit for it and be able to enroll in a public first grade in most districts as long as we deem his skills sufficient.

I would again suggest you check out naeyc.org and find the accredited schools in the area you want, go to those schools and pick the one you like the best - unlike the hit-or-miss of randomly choosing a preschool, all the accredited ones will be pretty darn good so you can't really go wrong.

I found:
Montgomery County Community College Children's Center
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
County: Montgomery
Phone: 215 641-6618
Program ID Number: 327806
Email: dravacon@mc3.edu
Website: http://www.mc3.edu/students (broken link)

And it seems like most Kindercare's are now accredited as well. You should also check pakeys.org for 3 or 4 Star programs..

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Old 08-21-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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As the PP mentioned, Goddard schools are really great. I loved the one my son attended in Royersford, and I know there is one in East Norriton that wouldn't be too far from you. I wasn't as impressed by the facility at the one in Collegeville though.
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